Russian pilot hailed hero after crash landing | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, August 16, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, August 16, 2019

Russian pilot hailed hero after crash landing

A Russian pilot was being hailed as a hero for landing an Airbus carrying more than 230 people in a Moscow corn field after a bird strike. The Ural Airlines A321 flying to Crimea hit a flock of seagulls shortly after take-off from Moscow’s Zhukovsky airport yesterday morning, the Rosaviatsia air transport agency said in a statement. Birds were sucked into the engines and the crew decided to immediately land, bringing the plane down in the corn field about a kilometre from the runway, with the engines off and the landing gear retracted. The aircraft, carrying 226 passengers and seven crew, was evacuated using inflatable ramps. The health ministry said 23 people were sent to hospital but there were no serious injuries.

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